Now until Sunday 25 June

Brian Fuata / Latai Taumoepeau / Get To Work: Splashback 2

Over the course of three weeks, Gallery 1 will be become workshop, stage and catchment for three new performance works by Brian Fuata, Latai Taumoepeau and collective Get to Work. Performance events are scheduled each Saturday of the exhibition duration at 4pm.

Detritus, props, texts and research materials may remain in the space over this period, accumulating what is to be considered the exhibition, external to the performance events. This framework aims to decentralise notions of time and space in the typical exhibition program, and foregrounds fluidity of authorship across the events as objects, texts and materials are absorbed into a collective stream of dialog and action.

Splashback 2 is the second occurrence of the Splashback performance program, curated by Anna John.

Saturday 10 June, 4pm – performance by Brian Fuata
Saturday 17 June, 4pm – performance by Latai Taumoepeau
Saturday 24 June, 4pm – performance by Get To Work

Clementine Edwards + Isadora Vaughan: Tess

How does heterogeneity persist? For Tess, Clementine Edwards and Isadora Vaughan bring their practices together to test out and materialise femme modes of endurance. Their installations in sculpture and sound give rise to mercurial, unpindownable states – states that express narrative elliptically. After all, a single line is an infinity of discrete points connected, and the line can also be closed, as in a circle.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


Opening Friday 7 July, 6pm until late

Nicole Breedon / Waratah Lahy / John von Sturmer / Tim Ungaro / Simon Yates: Big Numbers

Big Numbers is an exhibition of artists whose work shares a common theme of charting space and time, often incorporating some mathematical or numerical component. These works explore potential approaches to examining information about the world, finding patterns that might otherwise not be immediately apparent, or creating maps and signposts to territories that might otherwise be lost or go unnoticed.
In 2016 Waratah Lahy created an image a day, to record each day over the course of the year. The series of 366 images are here reconfigured to move beyond chronology, forming subjective associations. John von Sturmer’s work collects found objects and images to build an evolving narrative. Nicole Breedon’s star field of connect-the-dot numbers invites us to decode its meaning. Tim Ungaro constructs a hypothetical journeys and histories through found objects and archival technologies. Simon Yates presents research into the history of an infamously unfinished graphic novel from the 1980s called ‘Big Numbers’, on the subject of shopping malls and Chaos Theory.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.



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Jelena Telecki
Anna John
Paul Greedy
Latai Taumoepeau
Simon Yates
Iakovos Amperidis
Luke Parker
Elise Harmsen
Del Lumanta
Nick Strike
Sach Catts

Seini Taumoepeau

Kelly Azizi

This is an art space at a commercial property once occupied by an undercover KGB unit between 1983-1990. The late Dr Jim Cairns (former Deputy Prime Minister for the Whitlam Government) was reported to be the owner of the estate during this period. It was later revealed that a team of scientists conducted intensive research on the psychokinetic powers of Nina Kulagina (1926-1990).Following Nina’s death, the building came under review by the NSW Government as a result of complaints made by the subsequent tenants. On evaluation of the premises, the Department of Planning reported abnormal activity on site and requested assistance from the Australian Secret Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). Their paranormal investigative unit concluded that a poltergeist had taken possession of the lot. Several attempts were made to channel the specter for intelligence purposes, all of which failed and resulted in twelve unexplained deaths.

Founded and directed by artist Iakovos Amperidis, the space opened on April 7th 2011. In 2012 it was co-directed with artist Leah McPherson, and between 2013-2014 with curator/writer Eleanor Ivory Weber. Since 2015, 55 represents eleven artists who also coordinate an open exhibition program.

Originally a single exhibition room, 55 has expanded to occupy the entire first floor of the warehouse, now housing two gallery spaces, and an adjacent artist-studio complex opened and managed by artist Elise Harmsen.
55 is a leased property, and not for profit.


55 is on Cadigal land, and acknowledges the prior ownership of this area by the Cadigal people who were dispossessed by European invasion more than two hundred years ago.

Artists: Jelena Telecki / Anna John / Paul Greedy / Latai Taumoepeau / Iakovos Amperidis / Simon Yates / Luke Parker / Elise Harmsen / Del Lumanta / Nick Strike / Sach Catts
Administration: Kelly Azizi
Education: Seini Taumoepeau
Finances: Mihajlo Starcevic
Advisory Board: Judy Annear / Daniel Boyd (2017)
Photography: Stelios Papadakis
Studio Manager: Elise Harmsen

Acknowledgements and gratitude: Leah McPherson (2012) / Eleanor Ivory Weber (2013-2014) / Nanette Orly, Conseulo Cavaniglia, Carla Cescon, Talia Smith (2015) / Amanda Williams (2015-16) / Uri Auerbach, Biljana Jancic, Nina Knezevic, Megan Hanson, Hester Gascoigne (2014-15) / Francesca Heinz (2014) / Charlotte Hickson (2016).

Fundraiser Contributors 2011-17 (work in progress…):
Denis Beaubois, Elizabeth Pulie, Alex Kiers, Sarah Goffman, Justin Trendall, Yasmin Smith, Sumugan Sivanesan, Connie Anthes, Alex Gawronski, Kenzee Patterson, Richard Kean, Anne Ferran, Andrew Newman, Rachel Scott, Alison McGregor, Zuza Zuchowski, Clare Milledge, Emma Davidson, Leah McPherson, Emma Ramsay, Emma White, Eloise Kirk, Shane Haseman, Ian Milliss, Matthew Hopkins, Vincent O’Connor, Kenzie Larsen, Vicki Papageorgopoulos, Francesca Heinz, Koji Ryui, Ella Rose Barclay, Nick Strike, Samantha Whttingham, Gianni Wise, Jesse Hogan, Steven Pennington, Phil Aston Williams, Samuel Bruce, Karena Keys, Sach Catts, Scott Donovan, Ernest Aaron, Daniel Green, Ruark Lewis, Sean Kerr, Philipa Veitch, Emily Hasselhoof, Mathys Gerber, Hany Armanious, Daniel Boyd, Mark Brown, Bonita Bub, Carla Cescon, Sarah Contos, Mikala Dwyer, Marya Elimelakh, et al., Jan Fieldsend, Paul Greedy, David Haines, Emily Hunt, Biljana Jancic, Anna John, Anna Kristensen, Ruark Lewis, Ollie McKenzie, Michael Moran, Ms&Mr, JD Reforma, Marilyn Schneider, Rachel Scott, Keg De Souza, Teo Treloar, Marian Tubbs, Andrew Hurle, Simon Yates, Jelena Telecki-Starcevic, Anna John, Justene Williams, Mike Parr, Mitch Cairns, Mitchel Cumming, Brendan Van Hek, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Jack Langan Dunbar, Ali Noble, Stephen Ralph, Sarah Newall, Zoe Robertson, Nicola Smith, Tony Albert, Neil Beedie, Anna Kristensen, Bianca Hester, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Anna McMahon, Ben Denham , Ben Terakes, Brian Fuata, Cybele Cox, Elise Harmsen, Kate Beckingham, Luke Parker, Lynne Barwick, Michelle Hanlin, Patrick Head, Robert Pulie, Sean O’Connell, Tim Schultz, Vicky Browne, what, Del Lumanta, Clare Peake, The Twilight Girls, Andrew Hazewinkel, Suzy Faiz, Lynne Barwick, Jake Atienza, Kuba Dorabialski, David Greenalgh, Talia Smith, Ben Denham, Justine Youssef, Dominic Kirkwood, Brad Buckley, Nuno Rodrigues de Sousa, Madeleine Preston, Matte Rochford, Izabela Pluta, Sarah Minx, Susan Norrie, Athena Thebus, Michele Hanlin, Jasmine Guffond, Jason Markou, Dean Cross, Debris Facility, Nathan Beard, Sara Oscar, Tim Schultz, Tané Andrews, Cybele Cox, Stuart Bailey, Laura Hunt, Maggie Brink, Lisa Andrew, Tina Havelock Stevens

Thanks to everyone who’s put down cash on our fundraisers and crowdfunding over the years.

Many thanks to the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body for assisting us between May 2016 – May 2017, and May 2017-2018.

All printing done via Yudi Gani @ UDJ Print and Design